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Bryan, George (1731-1791) [Order to carry out a death sentence against two convicted criminals]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02503.04 Author/Creator: Bryan, George (1731-1791) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Document signed Date: 23 October 1778 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Order made under Bryan's authority and signed by "Jy Mattlock" as secretary. Orders Sheriff James Claypoole to carry out death sentences for Abraham Carlisle and John Roberts on 4 November 1778. Issued by the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, "under the hand of the Honorable George Bryan Esquire Vice President." Features paper seal of the state of Pennsylvania.

People: Bryan, George, 1731-1791.
Carlisle, Abraham, fl. 1778.
Roberts, John, fl. 1778.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Government and Civics, Military History, Military Law, Law, Death, Death Penalty, Quaker Religion, Spying, Loyalist

Sub Era: The War for Independence